Utopia Kitchen Cleaver

Last updated date: November 6, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 127 expert reviews, the Utopia Kitchen Utopia Kitchen Cleaver placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note December 16, 2019:
Checkout The Best Meat Cleaver for a detailed review of all the top meat cleavers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.1
26 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,121 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
As you probably know, stainless steel is one of the recommended material to use in the kitchen as it is easy to maintain and doesn’t leach harmful chemicals into food.
- A Guide Product
This butcher knife is however not only made from stainless steel making it just right for your kitchen, but is also sufficiently robust for tackling all those bones, you are sure to encounter while preparing delicious cuts of meat, without snapping.
- Jane's Kitchen
Again, the manufacturers have taken care to get one of the most important parts of the cleaver right; it is a extremely well balanced tool, with a securely fastened handle that feels great in the hand.
- Sharpen Up
What’s more, chopping was effortless. For the woman of my weight, the size of the cleaver was just fine, and it was easy to handle. Also, the weight is well balanced, which made it even more suitable to use.
- Kitchen Byte
This knife offers superior grip, and the three rivets reinforce the handle into a one-piece knife. The handle also provides a natural grip that reduces stress on your wrist. You can use this for a longer period without soreness.
- EatrBox
June 3, 2019 | Full review
This blade was designed with the high paced demands of the standard commercial kitchen in mind. It is extremely durable, very sharp, and will chop its way through anything and everything.
- Idea Hacks
The cleaver is well balanced and has an ergonomic easy-gripping stainless steel and ABS black plastic handle which allows you to maintain a good solid grip on the handle.
- Morning Chores
Lifetime Warranty - This company is confident enough to grant their clients with a lifetime warranty. They will replace your knife if it is deemed that it had failed their quality check.
- Taste Insight
The ergonomic handle is made of ABS + 430 material to give that good grip and easy maneuver. This multipurpose knife can be used to cut through big slabs of meat, fruits, and vegetables.
- Cooking Is Passio
Although it’s made of quality stainless steel, this cleaver is weighted well. Even the ladies will find it comfortable to use and maneuver this kitchen gem.
- Fishing Picks
The handle feels natural to the touch and is comfortable and firm to grip.
- Top Best 10 Reviews
This cleaver offers accuracy in segmenting and trimming larger meat cuts as well as large fruits. It has stainless steel blade that is rust-resistant and easy to use as well.
- Quick Easy Cook
It comes with an ultra sharp edge that allows superior cutting output.
- Yum China
September 6, 2017 | Full review
The best thing about this meat cleaver for budget minded people like me is its price. Its relatively inexpensive but it still gets the job done.
- Cooking Chew
Thanks to the superior quality of the stainless steel blade, you’re provided with a long lasting meat cleaver that has a mind blowing cutting performance.
- Sumo Chef
This cleaver is perfect for users with arthritic hands and those experiencing wrist tension because the handle is ergonomically designed.
- Chew The World
It’s designed exclusively for any challenging every day demands behind the usual commercial kitchen. Cleaning this will just be a breeze. You can actually wash this through your handy dishwasher and it won’t get dull or damaged in the process.
- Bestalyze
Its stainless steel blades offer an excellent sharpness and well-balanced weight.
- Cooky Mom
November 21, 2017 | Full review
Ergonomic handle for easy gripping and maneuvering
- Sullivan Steak House
The blades are 100% stainless steel hence they do not rust or corrode and it is easy to clean.
- Kitchen Fact
7" cleaver works well for bone cutting. 100% stainless steel blade is easy to sharpen. Good weight and comfortable to hold. Dishwasher safe.
- BestReviews
The handle is comfortable even after being used for relatively long periods of time, but it can get a little slippery if it gets wet, so it is best to keep your hands and cleaver handle dry.
- Nothing But Knives
Its convenient design includes a steady handle, too, that assures a comfortable and non-slip grip for safe and proper use.
- Parts & Labor Butchery
August 28, 2019 | Full review
A stand-out feature of this butcher’s knife is the ABS 430 handle which offers easy grip and superior ease of motion.
- Italian Barrel
The most affordable option in this roundup, the Utopia Kitchen 7-Inch Butcher Knife is made from 100% stainless steel.
- Kitchen Tipster
The handle is very comfortable and easy to grip as well. This cleaver knife can be put in the dishwasher, but it is recommended that you wash it by hand.
- Mastering the Flame
September 26, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Must be washed by hand to preserve blade.
- Jane's Kitchen
What I didn’t like very much about this cleaver is its handle. It is also made of stainless steel, but there is an extra plastic part added to it, which is used for gripping.
- Kitchen Byte
There is a slight thickness towards the edge of the knife.
- EatrBox
June 3, 2019 | Full review
There have been cases of the handle cracking
- Idea Hacks
The handle is quite slippery and cracks easily
- Morning Chores
Slippery Handle - If you are working on greasy kitchen stuff, make sure that you wash or wipe your hands thoroughly. You don’t want to accidentally let go of a knife while separating bones and joints.
- Taste Insight
Doesn’t offer a replacement option for damaged purchases
- Cooking Is Passio
The blade can really be too sharp, so you should be extra careful when using it.
- Fishing Picks
May feel somehow heavy
- Top Best 10 Reviews
Blade might get dull shortly
- Quick Easy Cook
The handle is not very comfortable for extended usage.
- Yum China
September 6, 2017 | Full review
I did notice that it is a bit top heavy, meaning that the top is heavier that the bottom, but this did not cause me any problems.
- Cooking Chew
Blade may get water spots
- Sumo Chef
May be heavy for smaller hands
- Chew The World
It offers low maintenance for the parts.
- Cooky Mom
November 21, 2017 | Full review
Dishwasher safe, but manufacturer recommends washing by hand
- Sullivan Steak House
There are cases of the handle breaking.
- Kitchen Fact
The knife does require some sharpening before first use and the handle can damage over time.
- BestReviews
Possible Quality Assurance Problems. Some Cleavers Ship Sharper Than Others
- Nothing But Knives
Some say the handle could be improved
- Parts & Labor Butchery
August 28, 2019 | Full review
The blade needs to be sharpened out of the box
- Italian Barrel
The stainless-steel blade may require frequent sharpening
- Kitchen Tipster

From The Manufacturer

Some Reasons to Choose Our Cleaver - Sharp blade cuts with ease and precision - Durability: stainless steel cleaver is sturdy and built to last for longer - Ergonomic design includes easy-grip handle so that slicing is easier and quick - Sustainable product as stainless steel is recyclable - Robust quality resists corrosion and rust comfortable handle cooking ease dishwasher safe Comfortable Handle The handle is ergonomically designed to minimize wrist tension and provides a natural fit. Designed with stainless steel, this heavy duty 7 inch meat cleaver is the perfect tool for getting through tough meat and bone making it a great addition to any kitchen. It’s tarnish-resistant, rust-resistant, and easy to clean stainless steel blade makes the maintenance of the cleaver very easy. Ticket to Cooking with Ease Our Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Cleaver is built from 100% stainless steel of the finest quality. It is built to meet the difficult cooking demands of all types of commercial kitchen needs. Its 7 Inch blade cuts easily through large pieces of meat, vegetables, and fruits. It allows for accuracy when segmenting and trimming larger cuts of meat and other items like melon, squash and pineapple. Dishwasher Safe It is completely dishwasher safe but it is preferable to hand wash it in order to retain the fine quality of the exceptional blades.

Overall Product Rankings

1. DALSTRONG Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Imarku Cleaver Knife
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 20
3. TUO Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
4. DALSTRONG Hybrid Chef’s Knife
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Zelite Infinity Cleaver Knife
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 15
6. Orblue Stainless Steel Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 0
7. Utopia Kitchen Cleaver
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 26
8. Farberware Cleaver Knife
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 1
9. EPICA Stainless Steel Cleaver
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 10
10. Winco Chinese Cleaver
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 18

An Overview On Meat Cleavers

Cutting meat requires a special tool, especially if you’re dealing with thicker meats. Sure, you could use your chef’s knife, but you’ll find you put in much more work while also risking damage to the meat itself.

They’re incredibly handy if you like to break down your own meats, rather than asking your butcher to do it for you, says our resident culinary expert Julie Chernoff.

“Meat cleavers get the most use in butcher shops, where they are constantly used to cut through large slabs of protein or to cut through bone,” she says. “You are looking for a large, broad, sturdy blade that can withstand considerable force. This must be a full-tang knife, and should weigh at least a pound at minimum; the one I have at home weighs nearly 2 pounds and it means business.”

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There are a few features to consider when you’re in the market for a meat cleaver. The first is the blade itself. Top meat cleavers prioritize something called edge retention, which means the blade is not only sharp, but you also won’t find yourself sharpening it every time you use it. This lets you enjoy consistency every time you start meal prep.

Retaining that sharpness does require a little extra work, though. You won’t be able to just toss your knife in the dishwasher after dinner. Instead, you’ll probably need to hand wash it to ensure it retains its effectiveness.

It’s important to note that meat cleavers do have their limitations. If you have heavier, thicker cuts of meat, especially with bones, you’ll need a cleaver that’s designed to tackle those big jobs. You’ll also need a special type of cleaver if you’re trying to slice and dice frozen items.

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The handle directly drives how your knife performs. Look for a cleaver with a sturdy, ergonomic handle design that will maximize your comfort during those longer meal-prepping sessions. Some handles also offer features like slip-resistance, while others may advertise that they’re designed to keep bacteria at a minimum. Those can be nice “extras” to have in a knife.

“A non-slip grip surface is a serious plus, because the last thing you want is for this instrument to go flying out of your hand; breaking down meat is a messy job,” says Chernoff.

The accessories can make a big difference, as well. A sheath will come in handy for safely storing your cleaver when you aren’t using it. Since it can be tough to find a sheath that fits your blade perfectly, having one included with your purchase is a nice bonus. If you’re giving a meat cleaver as a gift, some come with gift packaging to save you time. Also look for a warranty or guarantee, since you want your meat cleaver to last.

“Some manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty, and that is something I would look for in high-quality knives in general,” says Chernoff.

DYWM Fun Fact

Meat cleavers earned an early reputation as a medieval sort of tool designed to blast through any cut of meat. In the early days, butchers would use it to slice right through bone-filled meats effortlessly. But today’s butchers don’t use meat cleavers for the most intense work. In fact, they prefer either handsaws or bandsaws for slicing through dense objects like bones and ribs. For home use, though, cleavers can be the best way to quickly cut boneless meats. Although a chef’s knife will do for most meal prep, using it on whole chickens or large vegetables can wear out the blade, making a cleaver a great way to preserve your knife collection.

The Meat Cleaver Buying Guide

  • As with many knives, a cleaver’s handle can enhance both safety and comfort. Often this is all in the way the knife curves. Many of today’s cleavers are built with ergonomic handles to ensure you remain comfortable even when cutting for long periods of time.
  • Grip is especially important. A nonslip handle will help prevent accidents.
  • The weight of the knife also determines how comfortable it is to hold. A lightweight build will help reduce fatigue when you have a big job to do.
  • Cleavers can handle boneless cuts of meats, as well as vegetables. However, if you’re trying to tackle frozen items, meat with bones or other hard materials, you could find the handle breaks. If you need something to handle those heavy-duty tasks, look for a cleaver that’s built for it.
  • Pakkawood is a popular material for knife handles. Pakkawood is a blend of wood and plastic that is both waterproof and durable. Where wood would typically splinter or warp in food preparation conditions, pakkawood holds its own while still looking like genuine wood.
  • You may see the words “full tang.” This simply means that the back portion of the blade extends all the way through the handle. Full tang knives generally are more durable and offer more control.
  • Some cleavers advertise that they’re dishwasher safe, but it’s best to hand wash knives of any type. Not only does the dishwasher take a toll on the blade, but pakkawood can also suffer when exposed to the extreme heat a dishwasher puts out. When hand washing your knives, mild soaps are safest.
  • As visually appealing as etchings in blades are, keep in mind that at a glance, these designs can come across as smudges or dirt. You may miss the impression you’re trying to make by choosing one of these knives.
  • Storage instructions for cleavers and other knives typically focus on the blade. However, it’s also important to factor in how your handle will hold up while in storage, particularly if you’ve chosen one made of wood. Dents and scratches can take away from the look of your knife.
  • One bonus you’ll find in some knives is that the handles have an antibacterial property. This will help keep germs at bay while you’re preparing your meals.
  • Most of your cleaver shopping will home in on the blade. Many cleavers will promise to have the sharpest, most powerful blades, so look into the materials used to build the blade. Cleavers that were cooled with nitrogen and made from high-carbon steel or multiple layers of stainless steel are good options.
  • In addition to initial sharpness, look for a blade that retains its edge after many uses. If you have to keep sharpening your cleaver, you’ll find it becomes far less convenient.
  • Pay close attention to any warranty offered with your cleaver. If it breaks or you find it less than satisfactory, some manufacturers will let you return it for a full refund.
  • Although consumers turn to cleavers for cutting meat, you’ll get far more use out of it if you choose one that’s fairly versatile. Some cleavers go beyond proteins to help you chop fruits and vegetables.